”Out-Snatch A Donut?”
Yeah, you know, out-exercise a crappy diet.
You may have been told that by using a kettlebell you can burn a whopping 1200+ calories a hour (or 20+ calories per minute).
And that’s 100% true based on the studies that have been done over the last 5 years or so.
However, keep in mind that one pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories.
So, you’d have to work out for THREE hours at that pace to burn just ONE pound of fat.
The problem here is two-fold:
1. It’s very hard to sustain that type of effort for an hour.
According to the research, that’s the same amount of effort – roughly the same number of calories per minute burned – necessary to run a 6-minute mile. For an hour.
When was the last time you did that?
Exactly my point.
2. That type of work effort is possible, but you need to be “advanced” to do that.
That means you need to be VERY familiar with kettlebell exercise technique in order to maintain that technique when you get tired.
(Recall from Mistake #3 that injuries are more likely to occur when you get tired.)
So even though the kettlebell has been marketed in the past to “hack off fat without the dishonor of dieting and aerobics,” that is a realm of training reserved for the most advanced of individuals.
And even then, it’s not possible to eat a diet comprised of junk food.
The indisputable Truth is -
And let me just say this – if you ever want to be free from the “magic bullet” or “can’t I just take a pill” mentality that keeps you constantly searching and constantly overweight and frustrated – then you absolutely must come to grips with this –
In order to lose body fat, you must put your body into a caloric deficit.
That’s right, you must change the way you eat.
It’s an irrefutable Law of Nature.
And there’s just no getting around it, behind it, or underneath it – but you can get on top of it. (More about that in a minute.)
Yes, I know, there are stories about how Joe Blow sat on the couch for 20 years, then started swinging his kettlebell, and in 30 days he lost 30 pounds. The bad news is that Joe is in the minority. A very small minority. (And we can’t seem to locate Joe. He seems to fall into that “urban legend” category.) What Joe may have forgotten to tell you is that when he started swinging his kettlebell, he stopped eating his nightly quart of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
So listen to what I’m going to tell you – because I’m your friend, and I’ve been in the “fitness biz” since 1993 –
If Joe exists, he is the exception, NOT the rule.
You just cannot honestly expect to eat whatever you want whenever you want, use your kettlebells, and still burn off the body fat you want.
Sorry, Charlie – it’s just not going to happen.
And like I mentioned earlier, the sooner you come to grips with that, and accept that as gospel, the sooner you can move on and really start blowtorching that body fat using scientifically proven methods. (More about those on the next page.)
The final problem is something that I routinely see in those health club kettlebell classes. And it explains why these classes start off with a bang, 3 weeks later, only 25% of the people are left, and at the end of the quarter, the club cancels the class.
You know what it is?